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Week 22

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 28-04-2014

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Leaders and Public Speaking

Recently I was reading about Tony Hsieh the CEO of Zappos.com Inc. Tony was reflecting about his early days when media coverage was increasing and he started getting more requests to speak and tell the story about the success of Zappos. Tony shared that he was a nervous wreck as he had not done much public speaking in his career.  He could not sleep the night before his speech and he stated that he didn’t really enjoy the whole experience but knew it was important to tell the story about Zappos as he knew it would help build the brand.  Tony learned the art of “Flow” it’s a type of happiness in which someone looses all sense of time, self consciousness.  What Tony learned was that when you speak from passion, tell personal stories, and be real and true to yourself, your message will impact your audience. (Delivering Happiness By Tony Hsieh)

As a leader that has to make public presentations and speeches how do you find your own “flow”?  How do you build a message that will help tell the story of your brand or company or organization? Can you share how you build a message and what your overall goal is in doing public presentations? Tony shared that the frame for any speeches always included; passion for what you do, sharing personal stories and most importantly being real.  Is this the same approach you take?  What other action do you take to align your overall message to help advance your brand?

 

 

 

Week 21

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 21-04-2014

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Lead by Example

Often the most powerful way to communicate a new direction is through behaviour. When the top five or fifty people all live the change vision, employees will usually grasp it better than if there had been a hundred stories in the in-house newsletter. When they see top management acting out the vision a whole set of troublesome questions about credibility and game playing tends to evaporate. (Leading Change by John Kotter)

So, as a leader, can you share an example of a change that you have put in to place and not only asked your people for buy in but “live in” as in leading by example? How did you live the change and how did your people live the change? Through this change how did you communicate to your leadership team the importance of leading by example? Did you get push back, and if so, how did you deal with the push back? Also as a leader, what did you find the hardest part of living out the example (length of time it took to see results?)?  Lastly, did you monitor your team and if so how did you monitor them?

 

Week 20

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 14-04-2014

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Innovation the DARPA Way

Over the past 50 years the Pentagon’s(DARPA) has been able to produce a number of breakthroughs that include Global Positioning Satellites. With an annual budget of $3 billion, 100 temporary, technical project managers and about 120 support staff it is amazing the speed and effectiveness DARPA has been able to innovate. Their approach is to attract talented performers from a wide array of disciplines, organizations and backgrounds.  Then, keep them intensely focused, set a finite term for the project (up to 5 years). Finally, they staff it with people working under contracts that last only as long as they perform and contribute to the overall goal. This is not a lifetime career position.

This is an interesting way of staying innovative and it has had a great deal of success. How do YOU attract talent to be a part of your team to help with innovation? Do you believe that innovation will be a big part of the success of your organization in the future and do you have a budget for innovation? Where do you find resources that help with new ideas (Kick Starter) or innovation?

Week 19

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 07-04-2014

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Difficult Days, Motivated Leaders

Many leaders find their motivation comes from difficult experiences in their lives. Imagine the hardship that Nelson Mandela faced, 27 years in prison doing hard labour and finally being released from prison in 1990 at age 71 – what did he say that he was going to do with his remaining days?  “I stand here before you not as a prophet as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”  True North Authentic Leadership by Bill George

I know that Nelson Mandela is a very unique and amazing leader, as a matter of fact Leadership Author and Speaker – John Maxwell once said “I don’t know if I have that kind of forgiveness in me, that I would be able to forgive not only my jailers but also forgive the judge that sentenced him to so many years.”

So what can we learn from Mandela’s life?  What do you take away from his story and is it true that in many cases leaders find their motivation from difficult times.  I hope that you will be able to share how you as a leader have been able to use those hardships to help you.  What was the greatest lesson that we can learn from Nelson Mandela’s life?